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Current hardship should be ended at earliest: Prez Bhandari

Gorkha Post



KATHMANDU — President Bidya Devi Bhandari on Thursday urged the government to seek prompt solution to end hardship people are facing due to the blockade.

Expressing her serious concern over issues Nepali people are at present facing, President Bhandari said the crisis should be ended at the earliest.

During a visit by a delegation from Federation of Nepali Journalists (FNJ), President Bhandari opined that the government should come up with long term plans to minimize dependence on foreign countries.

The President said there was a prompt need to ensure that all Nepali families have fuel to cook food and have smooth transpiration.

Bhandari said she would attempt her best to create national solidarity, tolerance and harmony among people living in various regions of the nation.

The FNJ delegation included Bista, former FNJ Presidents Suresh Acharya, Bishnu Nisthuri and Dharmendra Jha, Advisor Poshan KC and Vice-Presidents Anita Bindu and Khil Bahadur Bhandari among others had reached the Sheetal Niwas to congratulate Bhandari for her election to the post.

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Govt decides to award Budhi Gandaki Hydel project to Chinese firm again

Gorkha Post



KATHMANDU — The government has decided to award contract for the construction of the 1,200-megawatt Budhigandaki hydropower project, a national pride project, to China Gezhouba Group Corporation (CGGC) once again.

A Cabinet meeting on Friday has decided to award the contract for the project to CGGCL reverting the erstwhile Sher Bahadur Deuba government’s decision to develop the 1200MW project with internal resources.

The Cabinet meeting has directed the Energy Ministry to initiate the process to award the project to the Chinese company.

Following the government decision, the Energy Ministry will now invite the Chinese company for talks and prepare a draft of the memorandum of understanding (MoU) before signing it, according to multiple sources at the ministry.

As per the Cabinet decision, the ministry has been asked to hold talks with the Gezhouba, prepare a proposal, and strike a deal to execute the $2.5 billion reservoir project.

Earlier on May 15, 2017, the Pushpa Kamal Dahal-led government had awarded the contract to construct the Budhigandaki project to CGGCL, juat nine days before he was to resign from the PM’s post.

The Dahal-led government had awarded the contract to CGGCL at a cost of Rs 260 billion as per a study carried out by a French company, Tractebel Engineering.

The agreement, however, invited controversy as the project was handed to the Chinese company without initiating a competitive bidding process.

The Budhi Gandaki hydel project has been touted as a key project to resolve the perennial power crisis in the country. The government has allocated Rs18 billion for compensation payments and operational expenses for this fiscal year.

The Gorkha and Dhading district administration offices are currently distributing compensation to owners of the land taken over by the project.

More than 8,000 households will be affected by the project, according to the latest report.

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